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High-Risk Drinking in College: What We Know and What We Need To Learn

The Task Force on College Drinking

In response to the major and increasingly visible public health problem of excessive and underage use of alcohol by college students, the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, established the Task Force on College Drinking. The Council charged the Task Force with developing a national agenda on college student drinking.

In 1999, the Task Force created two panels: the Panel on Contexts and Consequences and the Panel on Prevention and Treatment. The panels were composed of college presidents, administrators, alcohol researchers, and students (see Exhibit 1 for members of the Panel on Contexts and Consequences). The first panel focused on what is known about alcohol use among college students, and the second focused more specifically on prevention and treatment. The Task Force directed each panel to produce a report that reviewed the scientific literature, identified gaps in knowledge, and recommended promising directions for future research. Each panel commissioned review articles by experts in the field to provide the information base for its report.


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